- Starring: Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), Salma Hayek (Here Comes The Boom), Chris Rock (Madagascar) and more.
- Directed by: Dennis Dugan (Jack and Jill)
- Synopsis: “The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs. Lenny (Adam Sandler) has relocated his family back to the small town where he and his friends grew up. This time around, the grown ups are the ones learning lessons from their kids on a day notoriously full of surprises: the last day of school.”
- Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude humor and content, brief nudity, language and suggestive material.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Let’s just get right into it, shall we? While this weekend’s other wide release, Pacific Rim, is a giant amount of awesomeness (Read my review here. You MUST go see it!), Grown Ups 2 is, unfortunately a giant mess and waste of time.
I defended Adam Sandler’s films Grown Ups and Just Go With It (I own both of them) in my reviews due to the fact that I very much enjoyed them. Critics and moviegoers all over derided both films and lumped them in the same category as Sandler’s horrible films Jack & Jill, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, That’s My Boy and such like. After the fun for me that was Grown Ups, I am very disappointed in conceding to the fact that there’s a reason that Sandler continually wins so many Razzie awards for the “Worst Ofs” in movies.
In my review of Grown Ups (read the entire review HERE) I stated:
I was relieved that there were more funny parts than just what I saw in the previews. I laughed alot. In my opinion, Sandler got the right balance of comedy and drama in this movie to bring about a great message: Sometimes in life, we all just gotta stop and have some fun, and stop being…well, Grown Ups!
Grown Ups 2 is just about the exact opposite. What a disaster!
Do you see Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph’s faces on the poster above? I imagine that is exactly what expression was on my face almost the entire time I sat there watching Grown Ups 2. A comedy should make you laugh more than just 4 times in 100 minutes. (side note: the rollercoaster scene in the poster above wasn’t even in the movie!)
The cast was one of the best parts of the first one. The return of the originals provided hope that there would be greater laughs and character development among them all. (Note: Rob Schneider did not return to be a part of Adam Sandler’s first sequel due to scheduling conflicts. I think he just knew how much of a stinker this film was and had his agent create some other projects for him to be a part of instead. Smart move, Rob.) Instead, Sandler makes the classic “sequel” move and adds tons more actors/characters and they all pretty much stink (with the exception of a few funny quips from Shaquille O’Neal). Shaq, Andy Samberg and the SNL crew, Alexander Ludwig, Nick Swardson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Taylor Lautner, Milo Ventimiglia, Jon Lovitz and more join in on the fun but serve almost no absolute purpose at all in this comedy that isn’t.
Full of moments with badly computer generated animals, fart jokes, nonexistent character development, over-the-top antics reaching for a laugh or two, plenty more attention to Salma Hayek’s boobs, cheerleader carwashes and pranks on the in-laws the film has something to try to appeal to broader comedy audiences but is over-convoluted and ignores the simplicity and, dare I say, heart-warming family parts of the first that gave it more reason to be appreciated. (There is no lack of eye-candy for both guys and girls in this comedy…undoubtedly to hopefully distract and mask how horrible the film is itself.)
For those that loved the first (the few of us that are in existence), keep that one in your memory and avoid this big waste of time. I will say, that it is always smart for a sequel to be able to keep the same characters played by the same actors. That continuity is just about the only thing positive I can mention about this film that is full of unnecessary characters, scenes, jokes and storylines. Everything that even remotely made Grown Ups fun wasn’t put into the sequel (Remember the hilarious “shoot the arrow into the sky and run from it when it comes down” game? Nothing like that here.)
I didn’t expect much from Grown Ups 2 already. I enjoyed the first one, but now, I am ready to tell Adam Sandler: Grow Up already…and stop working with director Dennis Dugan! This movie is ultra-immature and not funny. Skip it!
My Score: 0.5 out of 5 stars for Grown Ups 2 —that’s worse than Identity Thief which didn’t make me laugh at ALL.
But…You don’t have to take my word for it:
Erin W. “Although there were quite a few laughs, it was overdone with scenes that had no use being in the movie. I guess it was exactly what I expected.”
Fogs @ Fogsmoviereviews.com “This movie made me wonder if anyone involved had an ounce of pride in their work. It certainly wouldn’t be evidenced by their willingness to appear in this clumsy, unfunny, juvenile piece of garbage, that’s for sure.”
(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 250 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer